If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody…
Matthew Creed of Shawnee was posting minor arrests on a Website locally. Then the guy would offer to take down people’s misdemeanor arrest mugshots if you paid him $199!
"The guy is a bottom feeder vulture," said Jay Norton, a long time Johnson County Attorney, who had clients up on the site. "The idea he was trying to help the community is a farce."
Creed started the site, blabbermouthkc.com in May. He then sent arrested folks a letter with their mugshot on it asking for the money if they wanted it removed! What is the world coming too?
It gets better…
Many of the arrests were DUI, However many more were people who failed to show up for court for like traffic tickets. And oh yeah, a funny thing called, people who were NOT GUILTY OF ANYTHING.
Meaning their cases were in error, the charges were dismissed or they were not guilty.
A year ago I was arrested on a phony, totally made up, zero evidence, assault case.
A woman fabricated a completely false story and told the cops I hit her. I was arrested, taken to jail, posted bond, paid a lawyer, took a KBI lie detector test six times (voluntarily), paid for that and then won.
The trouble is….it never happened.
But it was printed with my photo in a local similar rag called The Slammer.
You get them at Quick Trips or places like that for a buck. Luckily, it was kinda hard to find my photo because it was in an odd spot.
So while few people saw it, it was published.
I had never really looked at this magazine much before. The photos are usually awful, taken as mug shots late at night in some weird jump suit coverup to make you look guilty. Mine was just a bad headshot, I got out too fast for the jump suit outfit.
The thing is, we live in a free country where YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE INNOCENT until proven guilty.
I get it, if it’s a major crime, like rape or murder. But for the love of God, somebody misses a traffic court date on a parking ticket and…Yep, that counts too.
My case is an important as example of why these kinds of rags should be outlawed.
In low level cases like a simple assault, trespassing, property damage, or "he yelled at me," there is usually little if any real evidence. Yet the police, especially in Johnson County, will arrest you for almost any little thing (with no evidence) if they feel like it.
Happens daily. Why?
One reason and one only, MONEY.
The fines, the lawyers, the pre probation money, drug tests and on and on. It’s a total money machine.
And Johnson County is the worst. They don’t have very much real crime so they jump on the little stuff to make up for it. They always have, but it’s worse now.
By the way this guy Creed who published the arrests had a DUI himself in 2010. But no, that one’s not on his site. He said he was sorry he did all this, it was just for the public good. Right.